How has wind, water and other weather shaped the Earth? And how long has it taken?
See dramatic rock and mountain formations and a giant stalagmite, and find out how they formed. Discover how stones change shape and explore interactive exhibits in the Restless Surface gallery.
Star specimens and exhibits
- frozen lightning captured in desert sand
- the ancient life that makes up limestone
- interactive displays showing how wind and water can turn sand into waves
- a tombstone sundial
- minerals borne from the sea
Explore the galleries with the Museum map
Find out how to get around with the Museum map. There are four zones to discover.
Discover: the world around us
‘It’s almost like a dream’: Sample of asteroid Bennu arrives at the Natural History Museum
Welcome to the next era of natural history collections.28 November 2023
Most Martian meteorites are curiously young in age
Putting Martian meteorites in a nuclear reactor has confirmed their curiously young age.27 October 2023
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission returns to Earth with pristine asteroid samples
OSIRIS-REx returned to Earth with a record-breaking amount of material from an asteroid dating back to the birth of our solar system.24 September 2023
The Isle of Wight: Welcome to Dinosaur Island
Discover a treasure trove of fossils just off Britain’s south coast.